UK Anti-Doping investigates Team Sky

Bradley Wiggins, Britain's first Tour de France winner, is facing scrutiny over a medical package delivered to Team Sky in 2011.
Bradley Wiggins, Britain's first Tour de France winner, is facing scrutiny over a medical package delivered to Team Sky in 2011.

LONDON • Team Sky has reiterated their "100 per cent commitment" to clean competition as UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) investigators met British Cycling at the home of the national governing body - which it shares with Sky - following allegations of wrongdoing in the sport.

Two Ukad officials on Friday travelled to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, known as the "medal factory" and the place where the successes of the last three Olympic Games were made.

Ukad would not comment further to "protect the integrity of the investigation", but Sky said in a statement yesterday that it had informed British Cycling of an allegation of wrongdoing reported in the Daily Mail and asked the national body to contact Ukad, which would appear to have led to the visit.

"It has been a challenging few weeks for the team. Given some of the recent headlines we wanted to set out the facts," read the statement. "Team Sky were recently contacted by the Daily Mail regarding an allegation of wrongdoing which we strongly refute.

"We informed British Cycling of the allegation and asked them to contact UK Anti-Doping (Ukad). We understand that Ukad are currently investigating this as you would expect.

"Some newspapers this morning have reported that Team Sky and British Cycling were 'raided' by Ukad yesterday (Friday). This was not the case. Ukad have confirmed they attended a meeting with British Cycling at the Velodrome in Manchester with their full cooperation.

"We welcome this investigation as we are confident there has been no wrongdoing. We take these issues seriously and we will cooperate fully with Ukad. We hope it can be completed as thoroughly and quickly as possible.

" We are committed to clean competition and we want you to know that we 100 per cent stand by that."

The initial Ukad announcement came as the Daily Mail reported the anti-doping authority is investigating Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins over the contents of a medical package, allegedly delivered to Team Sky in France on June 12, 2011.

The newspaper reported that Ukad is looking at what that contained.

It is understood that Wiggins and his representatives have received no notification from Ukad and believe the 36-year-old is not a subject of the investigation.

The five-time Olympic champion, who became Britain's first Tour de France winner in 2012, said yesterday: "I welcome this investigation."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 09, 2016, with the headline 'UK Anti-Doping investigates Team Sky'. Print Edition | Subscribe